Barlow Nurseries

Growers of trees, shrubs and hardy herbaceous perennial garden plants near Newport, Shropshire

Sorbus Joseph Rock

October 31st, 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 36

For just a couple of weeks in autumn, the newly reddened leaves of Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’ contrast beautifully with its yellow berries…

Sorbus Joseph Rock autumn leaves and berries

Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’ – one of the best Sorbus for autumn colour

Crab apples make great compost

October 30th, 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 35

A couple of weeks ago, the crab apples in our hedgerow were laden with fruit. Conveniently enough, the most heavily laden ones grow immediately above our compost heap, so gravity has delivered them to exactly the right spot.

We really should get hold of some crab apple jelly recipes.

Crab apples on the compost heap

Lots and lots of crabs this year – fortunately, we have an industrial scale compost heap

Carpinus betulus

October 29th, 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 34

It’s not always plants in the garden or nursery that catch our eye;  this Carpinus betulus is in the hedgerow alongside our car park.   Its foliage looks particularly striking against the cloudless deep blue sky doesn’t it?


Acer campestre autumn shades

Carpinus betulus, the common hornbeam; in a week or two all the leaves will be deep yellow.

Cotinus ‘Grace’

October 28th, 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 33

Size is everything.

All Cotinus leaves turn lovely shades in autumn, but Cotinus ‘Grace’ has the largest (and possibly reddest) leaves of all:

Cotinus Grace autumn colour

Cotinus ‘Grace’, positively luminescing in one of our polytunnels.

Rhus typhinia ‘Dissecta’ AGM

October 27th, 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 32

Rhus typhinia ‘Dissecta’ AGM shouts “take my photo” every time you walk past it in autumn. We nearly always oblige, and have obviously been doing so for a while – if you Google image search Rhus dissecta, our 2009 blog post is number one match.

So here’s our favourite 2013 image (so far) :

Rhus typhinia Dissecta autumn leaves

Rhus typhinia ‘Dissecta’ AGM – yet another image in a series which will run and run

Cercidiphyllum japonicum AGM

October 26th, 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 31

There are 2 good things about Cercidiphyllum japonicum AGM in autumn :

1. The leaves smell of burnt sugar – we’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve heard visitors exclaim “oooh, toffee apples…”

2. And their foliage, always delicate, turns the gentlest of autumn shades….

Cercidiphyllum japonicum autumn colours

Plant it where it’ll be between you and the sun on autumn afternoons….

Euphorbia griffithii

October 25th, 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 30

The downside of Euphorbia griffithii in our light and sandy soil is that it tends to run about a bit, and needs attention at least every couple of years to keep it in bounds; the upsides are its striking spring blooms, attractive architectural form through summer, and in autumn – yep, you guessed :

Euphorbia griffithii Fireglow autumn colour

This is Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’. We also grow E.g. ‘Dixter’ but frankly, there’s nowt to choose between them.

It’s no good, we can’t resist a close up:

Euphorbia griffithii Fireglow autumn colour close up

Not a close up as such admittedly – just a serious crop from the photo above.   But pretty striking, huh?

Pyracantha ‘Orange Glow’

October 24th, 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 29

This season’s “Blimey what a lot of berries” theme concludes (possibly) with a plant from our sales benches :

Pyracantha Orange Glow

Pyracantha ‘Orange Glow’ surprising even itself at just how many berries you can get on one plant

Nandina domestica

October 23rd, 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 28

Nandina are evergreen, but still manage a pretty impressive costume change each autumn

Nandina domestica

Nandina domestica, common name Heavenly bamboo;  it’s not a bamboo, but it looks a bit like one

Quercus rubra

October 22nd, 2013

BaGaPhoMo, day 27

Quercus rubra, always late starters in the autumn colour race, are just getting into their stride :

Quercus rubra autumn 2013

Quercus rubra, common name, appropriately enough, Red Oak

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